Love Letters From Pronk is an ongoing series where Pronk shares his love for somebody connected to the Cubs. Sometimes funny, sometimes weird, Pronk likes to make 100% sure people know that they are loved, and best expresses that through gushing letters. Today's pick: Trevor Williams
Trevor Williams was a free agency pickup by the Cubs this past offseason. Needing someone to help anchor the rotation, Williams has performed, giving up 3 ER or less in 9 of his 12 starts. He's been able to average about 5 innings per start, giving the Cubs some production out of the 5th starters spot. Unfortunately, he missed the month of June with emergency appendicitis, but I'm hoping he bounces back with a strong second half. Today, I express my thanks.
Glad to have you on board in Chicago. It's been a tough year, but you've shown some solid resiliency. I'm glad to see that you recovered from your emergency surgery. Hopefully you stay strong in the months to follow as well!
While most casual fans judge players solely on WAR and ERA, your numbers are a bit deeper than that. When you've gotten hit, it's unfortunately been hard. But when you've been on, you've been a quality start pitcher, giving a nice 5 IP with 3 or less ER. That will do for a 5th starter. No offense, but when the Cubs signed you, we knew we weren't getting a Cy Young caliber pitcher. But sometimes you have got to do the best with what you have, and that's what you've shown.
Additionally, it's been cool learning the story of you and your dad this year. It's really great that you both have such a special relationship. That kind of thing helps inspire those who see it to do better, so thanks for being a positive role model and inspiration to others.
I enjoy seeing a pitcher with multiple pitches. You've got a solid fastball, mean curve, baiting changeup, biting sinker and a nice slider. All five put together means the hitter has to guess. Seeing that type of pitcher is always fun for me.
Have a good rest of the year!